What Trauma Does to Our Students with Nicole Cobb

Alan and Steve talk to counselor Nicole Cobb about how Covid and other sources of trauma impact their learning and engagement.

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Dr. Nicole Cobb has worked in education for 25 years as a teacher, school counselor and administrator at the district and state level.  Her professional experience has allowed her to link research to practice in the field of school counseling, specifically as it relates to transforming the school counseling profession, school climate, trauma informed practices, social-emotional learning and college access.

Before joining the faculty at Vanderbilt University, she was the Executive Director of School Counseling for Metro-Nashville Public Schools and Director of School Counseling for the State of Tennessee under Governor Phil Bredesen. She has served nationally on many councils and committees including but not limited to: Michelle O’Bama’s Reach Higher initiative, Southern Regional Education Board’s College and Career Advisory Council and College Board’s National Ambassador program. She also led the development of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards school-counseling certificate.  She is the current President of the Tennessee Counseling Association and past Vice President of the Association of Career and Technical Education’s Counseling and Career Development division. Governor Bill Haslem recently appointed Nicole to serve as an advisor on Tennessee’s Council for Career and Technical Education. 

Nicole is the recipient of the Tennessee School Counselors Association’s Supervisor of the Year award, Tennessee’s Association of Counselor Educator’s Advocate of the Year Award and Nashville’s Community Alert Administrator of the Year award. In her downtime, Nicole can found running a trail in the park, teaching yoga, reading by the fire or traveling the world in search of good adventure.